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Gibson J-185 Vintage

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Gibson J-185 Vintage - Vintage Sunburst

It’s easy to think of the J-185 as the SJ-200’s boring little brother; but in fact, ever since its 1951 introduction, the J-185 has established a legion of fans who appreciate its more-manageable size and focused, signature sound.

At 16” across, the J-185 is an inch smaller than the massive SJ. It features a thermally aged Sitka spruce top with maple sides and back—similar construction for a similar sound—but with less rumble. The neck is mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard and split parallelogram inlays. A vintage sunburst nitrocellulose finish and Gotoh Relic tuners create an authentic vintage appearance. 

Additional features include: multi-ply binding and rosette; rosewood fingerboard and belly bridge with Maltese cross inlays; mother-of-pearl “pineapple” and logo inlay in headstock. A hardshell case is included.


  • Body Style            Jumbo (1" smaller than SJ models)
  • Top                         Torrefied Sitka Spruce
  • Body                      Flame Maple 
  • Finish                    Vintage sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Bracing                 Hand-scalloped X
  • Body Binding       Multi-ply top/back
  • Neck                      Mahogany  
  • Fingerboard          Rosewood ; ivoroid binding
  • Radius                  12”
  • Inlays                    Mother-of-pearl parellogram
  • Scale                     24.75”
  • Nut                        Bone, 1.725” 
  • Headstock            Black, Mother-of-pearl “Gibson” logo, “pineapple inlay   
  • Rosette                 Multi-ply
  • Pickguard             Shell
  • Bridge                   Rosewood belly, bone saddle, Iron cross inlays
  • Electronics           N/A
  • Tuners                  Gotoh Relic (Kluson-style)
  • Hardware              Gold
  • Case                     Hardshell


Our Gibson dealer agreement allows us to post inventory online,  but not to to sell Gibson guitars through our website (sorry, we don’t make Gibson’s rules).

Please call or email, or visit our store to purchase this instrument or any of the other Gibson guitars shown here.

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